Problem

Imposition of national priorities on other countries

Other Names:
Imposition of domestic priorities of one culture upon another
Incidence:
Health ministers of developing countries, for example, object to being forced to spend disproportionate amounts of available resources on the agendas of Western countries which for internal; political reasons emphasize issues such as smoking, seat-belt safety, environmental education. In developing countries these are felt to be of lower priority than the use of scarce resources to purchase vaccines, medicines and equipment for those dying from preventable diseases. It is estimated by the WHO that more than 1.8 billion people will be affected by vaccine-preventable diseases in 1991.

Similarly Asian countries have become increasingly impatient with the tendency of Western countries to impose their own conception of human rights on countries with other traditions which are politically, culturally, economically and geographically distant.

Narrower Problems:
International aid paternalism
Aggravates:
Cultural imperialism
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Amenities Households
Culture Culture
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality Education
Date of last update
28.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST